Have You Thought about How to Deal with Security Breaches?
Security and ad removals is a big deal now, especially since “bring your own device” (BYOD) erupted and became the concern of literally every business that doesn’t operate from within a cave lined with lead walls. As a business, you’re walking in murky territory if you haven’t designed a security strategy and a business continuity plan in case that fails. Nothing drills straight into the heart of any enterprise more than a data breach.
To see how easy it is to compromise a business using merely a smartphone, you only need to look at a couple of examples, like one that demonstrates how iPhones can be hacked by using a phone charger. Even creepier is the FaceNiff app that allows people to hack into other people’s networks by stealing their cookies. Businesses with any number of employees run a high risk of falling into these traps that may affect them negatively in the long run.
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While it’s clear that you can’t foolproof your business entirely, you can make sound policies that help deal with these issues when they arise. This would require a proactive approach, and AT&T’s (News – Alert) Business Continuity Studyfound that almost 90 percent of the 100 UK businesses with annual revenues of more than $25 million it surveyed have a contingency strategy in place. 94 percent of executives, according to the survey, have made it clear that their organizations have a continuity plan in case of a disaster.
The danger is in BYOD, obviously. The study concluded that 83 percent of executives are concerned with the impact of mobile devices and network on their security. But only 40 percent of them actually made any effort to create a BYOD policy.
Dave Langhorn, VP of AT&T’s UK and Ireland branch, said, “The research results show us that UK businesses are not taking any chances when it comes to protecting their technology infrastructure and assets. Business continuity planning has gone from being a theoretical possibility to a practical and very real priority, with many organizations investing in new technologies such as cloud services to help strengthen and expand their overall continuity strategies.”
AT&T is offering its enterprise customers business continuity services that help businesses prepare for the worst and manage their risks. That might be a place to start.